Uganda Coach Exits Over Unpaid Wages, FUFA Names New Coaches

Serbian Manager Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojević exists, Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba step in

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Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, 47, has terminated his contract as coach of Uganda’s national team over the issue of unpaid wages. He has been in his position since May 2013.

His future as coach of The Cranes had been the source of much speculation all week which led to him meeting Uganda FA (Fufa) officials on Monday.

On Saturday, Micho confirmed to BBC Sport that he was leaving his position saying, “It is a notice of termination due to non payment of salaries.”

 

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has named former assistant coach Moses Basena and former goalkeeping coach Fred Kajoba as their interim coaches following the departure of Serbian manager Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojević .

Basena and Kajoba will take over the Uganda cranes for the two World Cup qualification matches against Egypt on Thursday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 5.

When asked about his readiness, Basena simply replied “Why not? It’s the job I’ve been doing. Only that I’ve been doing it differently in the past as an assistant.”

Basena has also commented on former coach Micho, saying: “He [Micho] may have failed or excelled without me but what he achieved with me and Kajoba are team achievements. I wish things remain same in terms of how we’ve been doing the job.”

“We have always had sleepless nights with him on strategizing and the like, that’s how good he was,” Basena added.

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During Micho’s tenure, he famously guided The Cranes to their first Africa Cup of Nations finals in 39 years when they qualified for Gabon 2017.

Uganda’s FA issued a statement on Saturday saying they “will forever keep those memories with them.”

They thanked the coach for his services and wished him well for the future.

The past year has been dogged by issues surrounding Micho’s salary arrears and he had recently admitted on his social media that other offers had starting coming his way.

Now he says the issue over his wages has taken too long to resolve and he could not stay in the Uganda post any longer.

“It has gone too far now, the point of no return has been reached,” Micho told BBC Sport when asked if there was any chance he might change his mind.

 

“It is like someone died to me or a break up with a woman.

“If you stay you think so much, but if you work you forget about it all and move on,” Micho told BBC Sport.

 

Basena and Kajoba will have their first test when the cranes face Egypt on the 31st of August in Kampala, before traveling to Alexandria on the 5th of September for the return leg against the Pharaohs.


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